Huskies Overpower USC 76-60
Dec. 29, 2006
SEATTLE, Wash. - Washington used a season-high 26 offensive rebounds and a 21-0 first-half run sparked by senior guard Erica Schelly to prevail over USC, 76-60, in Pac-10 women's basketball action Friday evening at Bank of America Arena.
The win was the seventh-straight for Washington, which improved to 3-0 in Pac-10 play, 10-4 overall. The Women of Troy, still winless against conference opponents, dropped to 0-3 in the Pac-10, 6-7 overall.
Schelly, who finished the game with a career-high 11 points, came off the bench to tally eight straight points, two rebounds, one steal and one assist in a three-minute span during the decisive first-half run. In fact her eight consecutive points in the run eclipsed her previous career high.
The Huskies turned a one-point deficit (11-10 at 12:32) into a 20 point lead (31-11 at 3:18), holding USC without a field goal for 10-plus minutes during the 21-0 first-half run. Senior guard Cheri Craddock ignited the run with a three-pointer and junior center Andrea Plouffe drained a pair of free-throws to set-up Schelly's scoring barrage. The Huskies finished the run with a pair of three-pointers from senior guard Cameo Hicks and a jumper from senior forward Jill Bell.
USC put an end to its scoring drought when Chloe Kerr sank the first of two free-throws but didn't get its first field goal until a 14-foot baseline jumper from Morghan Medlock with 1:54 until halftime.Following the game-changing run, Washington never trailed by fewer than 16 points and led by as many as 26 three times.
Hicks contributed a game-high 18 points and junior point guard Emily Florence grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds - including five offensive boards. Florence came just shy of her first career double-double, also adding eight points.
The Huskies outrebounded the Women of Troy, 50-35, and forced nearly twice as many turnovers as they committed (17-8).
'We're very excited to get the victory out here tonight,' UW head coach June Daugherty said. 'USC is a very athletic team and we wanted to push the tempo and control the boards in order to win.'
Plouffe joined Hicks and Schelly in double-figures with 11 points. Senior guard Shay Murphy paced USC with 17 points and 11 rebounds.
The victory also improved Washington's home winning streak to 10 games dating back to last season. UW is 7-0 at home this season after finishing 2005-06 with three straight wins.
Up next, the Huskies will usher in the New Year hosting UCLA, Sunday, Dec.31, at 1 p.m. at Bank of America Arena.
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